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Richard Harrington – My First Month of Family Law Pupillage at Parklane Plowden Chambers

<!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>The start of November marks the end of my first month as a pupil barrister. Starting pupillage was a surreal moment, it was what my years of studying and working had led to. The emotions on my first day included gratitude, excitement and of course, a lot of nerves! Thankfully, those nerves shortly passed as everyone in Chambers was welcoming and I had already met several members at events over the summer. This welcoming nature has continued, and I have felt fully supported within Chambers.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>For my first six months, I am under the supervision of <a href="https://www.parklaneplowden.co.uk/our-barristers/farzana-tai/">Farzana Tai</a>, who specialises in children and financial remedy proceedings. Although Farzana is my supervisor, I have had the benefit of shadowing other members of the family team.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>As a family pupil, I am fortunate to be in court daily. The clerks have been fantastic in ensuring I observe interesting cases and have the relevant papers well in advance of hearings. In this month, I have experienced a range of hearings relating to proceedings concerning public law children, private law children and financial remedy.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>Throughout my first month, I have read bundles and briefs, anonymised judgments, conducted research for Farzana and other members, kept detailed attendance notes, drafted orders, and even assisted with cross-examination preparation.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>During my first week, I observed <a href="https://www.parklaneplowden.co.uk/our-barristers/nathaniel-garner/">Nathaniel Garner</a> appear on behalf of a local authority in the High Court on an application for a Wardship Order. In this case, the children were deemed habitually resident in England and Wales, however, were taken to a country in Africa for what was believed to be a holiday but have not returned. Due to the country not being a signatory to the Hague Convention, a Wardship Order was needed to assist with their return. I also attended the Pupil Practice Management Course in York where I met other pupils from circuit, heard from speakers on how to manage being a self-employed barrister and obtained guidance from renowned advocates.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>In my second week, I was instructed to attend Kirklees Magistrates Court for a noting brief. I was instructed to keep a detailed note of a sentencing hearing for a client who had suffered significant personal injury from a road traffic incident. My note was to assist with any civil claim they may bring in the future. I also shadowed Farzana act for a parent in private law children proceedings where parental alienation had been alleged and a contact order be disregarded. This case was particularly interesting as it evidenced how a change of residency can follow where there is evidence of parental alienating behaviours.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>Towards the end of the month, I shadowed <a href="https://www.parklaneplowden.co.uk/our-barristers/iain-hutchinson/">Iain Hutchinson</a> and Will Tyler KC represent a local authority at a fact-finding hearing in the High Court. This case involved a child who had become infected with gonorrhoea, and it was alleged to have been transmitted sexually by the parent or/and the step-parent. Given this was a complex and serious case, all parties were represented by Kings Counsel, and I was fortunate to witness a range of different approaches to cross-examination and oral submissions. I also attended a conference ahead of an FDR with <a href="https://www.parklaneplowden.co.uk/our-barristers/julia-nelson/">Julia Nelson</a> who advised a client on how non-matrimonial assets are considered by the court and a conference with Farzana concerning a tribunal appeal for child maintenance.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>My first month at Chambers has provided me with exposure to various areas of family law and the opportunity to learn from the very best on the North Eastern Circuit. The learning process has been insightful, and I am incredibly grateful to be in a set where its members are approachable and encouraging of questions. I look forward to completing the rest of my pupillage at Parklane Plowden Chambers.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph -->

Rajni Virk, Robert Allen and Oliver Bailey accept Tenancy

<!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>We are delighted to announce our offer of tenancy has been accepted by Robert Allen, Rajni Virk and Oliver Bailey after successfully completing their respective pupillages.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p><a href="https://www.parklaneplowden.co.uk/our-barristers/rajni-virk/">Ranji Virk </a>commenced her family pupillage in October 2022 under the supervision of <a href="https://www.parklaneplowden.co.uk/our-barristers/louise-mccallum/">Louise McCallum</a> and <a href="https://www.parklaneplowden.co.uk/our-barristers/julia-nelson/">Julia Nelson</a>.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p><a href="https://www.parklaneplowden.co.uk/our-barristers/robert-allen-pupil/">Robert Allen</a> commenced his specialist civil pupillage in October 2022 under the supervision of <a href="https://www.parklaneplowden.co.uk/our-barristers/claire-millns/">Claire Millns</a>, <a href="https://www.parklaneplowden.co.uk/our-barristers/jim-hester/">Jim Hester</a> and <a href="https://www.parklaneplowden.co.uk/our-barristers/michael-james/">Michael James</a>.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p><a href="https://www.parklaneplowden.co.uk/our-barristers/oliver-bailey/">Oliver Bailey</a> commenced his specialist civil pupillage in October 2022 under the supervision of <a href="https://www.parklaneplowden.co.uk/our-barristers/hylton-armstrong/">Hylton Armstrong</a> and <a href="https://www.parklaneplowden.co.uk/our-barristers/bronia-hartley/">Bronia Hartley</a>.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph -->

Parklane Plowden Chambers welcomes three new pupils, 2022/23

<!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>Chambers is delighted to welcome three new pupils 2022/23 - Rajni Virk, Robert Allen and Oliver Bailey.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p><strong><a href="https://www.parklaneplowden.co.uk/our-barristers/rajni-virk/">Rajni Virk</a>&nbsp;is commencing her specialist family law pupillage under the supervision of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.parklaneplowden.co.uk/our-barristers/louise-mccallum/">Louise McCallum</a>.</strong></p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>Prior to commencing pupillage Rajni worked as a paralegal where she gained experience in public children work &amp; private child arrangements - she also volunteered at Southall Black Sisters (an organisation focused on assisting women &amp; children who have suffered domestic abuse &amp; other forms of gender related violence).</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p><strong><a href="https://www.parklaneplowden.co.uk/our-barristers/robert-allen">Robert Allen</a>&nbsp;is commencing his specialist civil law and commercial pupillage under the supervision of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.parklaneplowden.co.uk/our-barristers/claire-millns/">Claire Millns</a>, <a href="https://www.parklaneplowden.co.uk/our-barristers/michael-james/">Michael James</a> and <a href="https://www.parklaneplowden.co.uk/our-barristers/jim-hester/">Jim Hester</a>.</strong></p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>Prior to commencing pupillage, Robert spent a year devilling for Michael James in an extensive range of commercial and chancery matters including professional negligence, property, trustee, sale of goods and contractual disputes.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p><strong><a href="https://www.parklaneplowden.co.uk/our-barristers/oliver-bailey/">Oliver Bailey</a> is commencing his specialist civil law pupillage under supervision <a href="https://www.parklaneplowden.co.uk/our-barristers/hylton-armstrong/">Hylton Armstrong</a> and <a href="https://www.parklaneplowden.co.uk/our-barristers/bronia-hartley/">Bronia Hartley</a>.</strong></p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>Prior to commencing pupillage Oliver worked at a top rated national law firm in the clinical negligence department, assisting on a range of high value &amp; complex matters from pre-action to conclusion of the case, he also assisted in inquest matters as well as attending hearings such as infant approvals, small claims &amp; interlocutory/allocation hearings.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph -->

Bharat Jangra, Sophie Watson and Andrew Mohamdee accept tenancy

<!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>We are delighted to announce our offer of tenancy has been accepted by Bharat Jangra, Sophie Watson and Andrew Mohamdee after successfully completing their respective pupillages.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p><a href="https://www.parklaneplowden.co.uk/our-barristers/bharat-jangra">Bharat Jangra</a> commenced his specialist civil law pupillage in October 2021 under the supervision of Gemma Lieberman and <a href="https://www.parklaneplowden.co.uk/our-barristers/tim-wilkinson">Tim Wilkinson</a> observing a range of employment and personal injury matters.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p><a href="https://www.parklaneplowden.co.uk/our-barristers/sophie-watson">Sophie Watson</a> commenced her specialist civil law pupillage in October 2021 under the supervision of <a href="https://www.parklaneplowden.co.uk/our-barristers/Leila-Benyounes">Leila Benyounes</a>, <a href="https://www.parklaneplowden.co.uk/our-barristers/Colin-Richmond">Colin Richmond</a> and <a href="https://www.parklaneplowden.co.uk/our-barristers/Andrew-Sugarman">Andrew Sugarman</a> observing a range of employment, inquest and personal injury matters.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p><a href="https://www.parklaneplowden.co.uk/our-barristers/Andrew-Mohamdee">Andrew Mohamdee</a> commenced his family pupillage in October 2021 under the supervision of <a href="https://www.parklaneplowden.co.uk/our-barristers/Farzana-Tai">Farzana Tai</a> and <a href="https://www.parklaneplowden.co.uk/our-barristers/Lucy-Sowden">Lucy Sowden</a>.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph -->